PM Scott Morrison flags 10-year fire rebuild, defends Bridget McKenzie
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has told Neil Mitchell it will take a decade to rebuild bushfire-hit communities.
In a wide-ranging interview, he also defended under-siege Deputy Nationals leader Bridget McKenzie against accusations of improper allocation of community grants.
Speaking after announcing additional grants of up to $50,000 for small businesses affected by the fires, Mr Morrison said communities faced a long-term battle.
“I think it’ll take a decade,” he said on 3AW Mornings.
“That’s what happened after Black Saturday.
“This is a long-term rebuild, but we’ve got to build it back better.”
DEFENDS BRIDGET McKENZIE
Neil Mitchell: “So you stand by her unequivocally?”
Mr Morrison: “I continue to support her. She was delivering a program that changed the future of local communities.”
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